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Review: Lexus RX200t

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The fourth-generation Lexus RX sports utility vehicle gets a new 2.0-litre turbo under the bonnet.

What’s happening?

It took an intrepid effort from Lexus to produce their next generation of flagships, one that managed to inject new enthusiasm into the present-day luxury SUV competition. The result is a stunning silhouette of sophistication marked by the new 2.0-litre turbocharged Lexus RX 200t.

From the looks of it…

The fourth generation of the RX receives a floating roof design with an executive-styled grille for the RX200t variant instead of a mesh design, which is a shame as the mesh looks sportier. However, the car still looks fabulous. Design wise, Lexus has not held back on the illumination front, with the car sporting a pair of L-shaped headlamps, illuminated LED daytime running lights and the rear combination lamps. Adding to the mix are the sculpted side profile lines that suggest a performance seeking posture. As for the interior, the RX feels plush and classy, offering a well designed interior that’s exquisite in craftsmanship, with Lexus lavishing up the interior with soft leather in all the right spots, places that you would usually place your hands.


The RX has improved tremendously, especially when it comes to the granting more space to the cabin, courtesy of the increased overall length and wheelbase. The dash layout is well thought out, and thus you’ll get much better room for other things like bigger door bins and utility slots. Comfort wise, the seats make for excellent long driving trips, especially when you are on a long hauler up the North-South Highway. Speaking of a long haul trip, Lexus has also got it all thought out with the RX. Sitting atop the dash is a 12.3-inch integrated infotainment screen that comes with a host of modern features such as the navigation system that sports a full-sized map. As for music playback, fret not, as the 12-speaker audio system is respectable enough, which means there’s no need for you to spend on aftermarket audio systems.

On the Road

The Lexus RX200t is an excellent drive in the hands of a passive driver. It may not be as powerful as it looks but it certainly responds well during tight situations, however there are still some traces of body roll when you are steering a tad too spiritedly. Off the blocks, though the car isn’t very fast – zero to 100 in 9.2 seconds, it is adequate, considering the heft. Paired to the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine is a six-speed automatic gearbox that delivers a comfortable drive. From the looks of it, the car is almost the best of both worlds for the discerning driver.

How safe is it?

This RX rolls out some of the more relevant features like the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) that warns you of approaching vehicles, and the Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to assist in safe reversing. The 360-Panoramic View Monitor also offers a very useful surrounding view when you are attempting to park. Passenger protection is adequate with 10 SRS Airbags lining within the cabin, improving impact safety with full-length side curtain airbags at the rear and standard front protection.

The Verdict

In the premium SUV market, the new Lexus RX with its combination of customer service, road presence and style makes it a safe choice in more ways than one.




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